Is EasyPeasy better than Ubuntu NBR?

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What's the difference between easypeasy and ubuntu nbr?
I have an Acer Aspire One (silicon disk version) - would I benefit from using easypeasy?
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Dave Illing

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Posted 5 years ago

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Mark Bradford

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I'm interested in knowing this for an Eee PC 901.
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Basil Butuhanov

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Unlike Ubuntu Netbook Edition, Easy Peasy contains proprietary drivers and codecs, added additional patches, aimed at expanding the range of supported devices.
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Ok, but that doesn't quite answer the question. It would be nice to know a bit more in detail what those "drivers, patches and codecs" are.
I mean, is it just an UNE with the restricted extras, things like the w32codecs from Medibuntu and not much more? (I'm not implying that... only that saying "it has some more drivers, codecs and patches" isn't really an answer.
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Thank you, Basil, that's an important distinction. Ubuntu specifically and deliberately excludes any proprietary products; if it's not open-source, you'll have to go hunt it down yourself.

However, I agree with Pablo that we need more detail about the unique value of EP. Without compelling reasons to choose EP over UNE, I'm afraid the EP userbase is just going to trickle away.
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Thanks for your response. I'm not sure how that second link is relevant, but Serola's first comment in the first thread comes the closest to answering the question. Let's look at his points:
1. Unlike UNE, EP comes with pre-installed closed-source apps such as Skype, Java, and Flash. (True, and a definite plus. However, UNE comes with open-source equivalents, and the closed-source ones are very easy to add via repository.)
2. EP is necessarily behind Ubuntu in development. (Understandable, but not exactly a mark in its favor.)
3. Out-of-date predictions about the "unique" future of EP as "social desktop". (UNE is heading the same way, and may get there first.)
4. EP was first and, for a while there, could be counted on to work a lot better. (If that's still true, it won't be for much longer.)

I'm a fan of EP, and as such, I'm disappointed by the continuing silence from on high about what makes it special now that it's no longer the only qualified player in the Ubuntu for netbooks game. With the swift pace of Ubuntu development, it's not good enough to say "We were the best in 2009!"
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I think the advantage of EP lies in the fact that it is much lighter ,so very good for older netbooks (like mine) ,with UNB my netbook would faint with every action I took ,and was very slow, now I put ep 2.0 alpha on it and it works like a charm !
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Jason Brown

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Thanks Caroline ^ that was exactly what I needed to know. Now, back to Puppy HELL, crashing browsers, missing dependencies, and a whole bunch of BS about how easy it is to use, when nothing works as promised. Grrrr ...
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My Acer One comes with Win7 Starter, not bad. but I changed to Ubuntu NE and it is really slow, slower than Ubuntu Desktop edition which I installed later.
However the desktop edition is not designed for netbooks screen size and your eyes will get pretty tired after a while.
Then I decided to give Easypeasy a try. I was pretty worried about its cloud feature because I don't want a system in which all softwares are based on Internet. Yet Easypeasy really has its own softwares, just as Ubuntu, and it is much faster, more stable and easier to use. It is really easy and comfortable to use its unity interface without any slow-down which you experienced in UNE. It satisfied me overall.
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I have an Acer Aspire One and I couldn't get Ubuntu NE to run properly on it so for me, EP is better because it actually works.
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True that. I have an Acer Aspire One as well, and eversince I got it, I ditched Moblin (even tried Meego but was too bugy) and went with EP because I can't seem to even install UNE properly, which was a disappointment. Plus, after looking around for what's best for me, I found that EP is rather "lighter" becuase it's pre-optimised to work on real slow netbooks.
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I have an Acer Aspire One, too. Happy2 that is. I am about to install it and by the comments here, things get brighter.. :)
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I have been running easy peasy on the grandady of netbooks an eepc 701 for several years now and it works out better than any of the others I have tried from the original Xandros to Ubuntu desktop to I do not remember what else. but My littlt eeepc is not exactly stock with 2gigs of ram and the root directory on the internal 4gig ssd and the home directory on an 8gig SD card in the card slot.
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Yes, it is better !
Tried both, from usb stick.
EP is more pleasant.
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kakaw

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Great! Can you give us some details about what makes EP "more pleasant"?
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Xenia Monica Bagaporo

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Will get back to you guys about "more pleasant" hehe I have an Acer Aspire One that my mother will take with her to Canada. I have to make sure that she will find it easy to use eh. She just needs a web browser, Skype and Flash player for her mp3s and she'll be happy. :3
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Sever David

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yes, kakaw
The desktop is self explanatory right out the box. The menu in the left of desktop is very handy, you don't need to "dig". Icons are big and easy to point. I think that in this way the wide aspect of laptop's screen is better used.
And beside the pleasant appearance and functionality of desktop, EP found my wireless immediately (NBR not and I can't figure why since both distros are basicaly the same).
Oh, and I like very much the "green lime" color in the background. :)
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I am here at EP coz some of the Linux-based OS I have tried were just unable to "find" my WiFi thing. :(
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I tried EP and tried to use UNE Ubuntu netbook remix) The Ubantu would not work.
I tried EP and its one of the very few Linux versions that worked at all. But, it was a little unstable. But everything on my computer seemed to work well. Fan, and all that.
I know how to install more software. But I did not see where to get software updates. It was not to clean. I did have an ATI driver pushed to me, and I saw where it came from, what that the same place that other updates would come from?
I will tell you that I was a little disappointed with the software that was available. Much less that what else is out there. But more than a few other Netbook offerings.

In would like to get software from other sources. Does anyone know of any good sources?
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Updates come through the Update Manager, which you can find in the System menu. You'll also see the Synaptic Package Manager there; you can use it to easily install other software.

There's plenty of other software out there. What kind of software are you looking for?
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Rob

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Hello,

Well, I was abe to find some things. I need to find a VIdeo player that will work. The two that I have tried so not. work. I tried the defailt player ,and another that I got from the repositiry. Neither would play.

I also would like a easy to ue fire wall. I was able to down load one on a friends computer that has Ubantu. But its not there. And I would like a decent Antivius to scan things that I might get so when I pass them on I will not infect any of my windows friends. Or get any of the few Linux virus that might be out there. And maybe something to aid in getting rid of spy wear, and ad wear. I have looked, but in the time that had, I did not see much.

I looked for I think its VCL video player, but did not find it. I would have looked else where, BUt I really do not know where to look. LIke I said, I am very new to Linux.

Easypeasy of growing on me. But I nee to be a littlle more confedent before can rest easy with it..

I am sorry for the speling errors. I am using IE right now, and it had no spell check. IT seem that when I was trying out another verion of Linux tonight threw my USB, it really screwed around with my Windows, and Iost mo good browsers. If I do not load Linux fully on the disk soon, I will have to reload Linux.

I think that if I can get these few questions answers, I am going to go ahead and install EasyPeasy on it. I like it for the most part, and it will is just about the only one that will load up for me.

Thanks very much.

Rob
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There's info about the VLC player here: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-...
EasyPeasy 1.6 is the equivalent of Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.

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